CLEVELAND, Nov. 10 (Ticker) -- LeBron James
showed why he is a superstar
in the making.
James scored 17 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter to help
Cleveland overcome a 19-point deficit and added four in overtime
as the Cavaliers ended the Phoenix Suns' four-game winning
streak with a 114-109 victory.
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Drafted first overall out of high school in 2003, James earned
NBA Rookie of the Year honors at the age of 19 last season. He
has started strong in his sophomore campaign, averaging 26.3
points per game through four contests.
In this one, James helped Cleveland erase a huge three-quarter
deficit by singlehandedly outscoring the Suns in the fourth
period, 17-14. He scored seven consecutive points for Cleveland
to cut the deficit to 97-96 with 34 seconds left.
"A lot of people gave up on us tonight, including our crowd,"
James said. "But we didn't give up on ourselves. The people
who left, I know they either came back or they listened to it in
"We were down big and LeBron said, 'Hey, I'm going to get it
done for you in the fourth quarter,'" Cavaliers coach Paul Silas
said. "That was all we needed, and the guys came with it. It
was such a great comeback. To win that kind of game is just
hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left - just
the 7-3 center's fourth of his career - to send the game to
overtime and complete the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in
team history. The Cavaliers overcame a 15-point margin after
three quarters on March 7, 1971 against Detroit.
"The play was designed for LeBron and we didn't have a lot of
time," Ilgauskas said. "LeBron got the ball and my man went to
him and left me wide open. LeBron passed it to me and I didn't
hesitate because I didn't have time to think about it and I just
let it fly."
"There was no hesitation to give (Ilgauskas) the ball," James
added. "I knew he could make that shot."
The Suns seemingly ran out of gas and were guilty of six
turnovers in the fourth quarter, including two in the final
Riding momentum, Cleveland scored the first eight points of
overtime, including a pair of jumpers by Ilgauskas, to take a
Ilgauskas scored 24 points and Drew Gooden
added 16 and 21
rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won two in a row after
opening the season with three losses.
"I was hugging coach Silas like we won the national
championship," Gooden said. "I couldn't believe (Ilgauskas) hit
that shot (in the fourth)."
scored 22 points and Quentin Richardson
for Phoenix (4-1), which failed in a bid to match the best start
in franchise history.
"Guys shut it down defensively and we started missing some
shots, and they started getting on a roll," Suns coach Mike
"There was about a five-minute stretch in the fourth quarter
that did us in," Suns point guard Steve Nash
The Suns believed they had wrapped up the game after going on a
30-11 run to end the third quarter, breaking open a tie game.
Reserve center Steven Hunter
scored 11 points during the run
while Marion chipped in 11.
But center Amare Stoudemire
, who scored 20 points, fouled out
with 3:20 left in the fourth period, and the Cavaliers went on a
14-6 run to force the extra session.
"We let it slip away," Richardson said. "That's definitely a
game we should have won."